Route overview from Ninh Binh to CatBa
Bus from Ninh Binh to CatBa (recommended)
5,5 hours, 320.000 VND (€12)
The train is not a good option since you first need to go to Hanoi and switch trains to Hai Phong from there. This train ride will already cost you 5 hours to Hai Phong and from there you still need to go by ferry to CatBa Island.
Since the latest ferry from Hai Phong to CatBa leaves at 16:00, you are only left with one option when you want to travel by train from Ninh Binh to CatBa in one day. This is the train from 3:21 in the night.
Conclusion: Either book a bus ticket or stay one or a few nights in Hanoi before you continue your journey to CatBa by train.
Continue reading to book your bus tickets online.
Option 1: Bus
Route: Ninh Binh Cat Ba
Duration: 5,5 hours
Costs: 320.000 VND (€12)
You can book your bus ticket including the ferry to CatBa from an agency or hotel in Tam Coc or Ninh Binh. This bus brings you in about 3 hours to Den Binh ferry port in Hai Phong.
From there you will be transferred to a ferry which takes you to Cai Vieng in 45min. Cai Vieng ferry port is located on the North East side of CatBa island where another bus will be waiting for you. This bus brings you to CatBa town in 45min.
|Good Morning Cat Ba||07:45-12:45|
|5h||395.000 VND (€15) + free pick-up|
|Cat Ba Express|
(Go To Cat Ba)
|320.000 VND (€12) /360.000 VND (€14) + free pick-up|
CatBa Express is the company we recommend. They provide free pick up from your hotel in Tam Coc or Ninh Binh city and drop off in CatBa town. You can book your bus ticket at Baolau.
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Good morning CatBa
When CatBa Express is already fully booked you can also book a bus with Goodmorning Cat Ba through the button above. This company also receives good reviews and provide free pick-up at your hotel in Tam Coc. Tickets are slightly more expensive at 368.000 VND (€14) and you can fill out the form to request a ticket.
Local Agency in Tam Coc or Ninh Binh
You can also book your bus at a local travel agency or hotel in Tam Coc or Ninh Binh. Expect to pay around 300.000 VND (€11) for a combined bus ticket. Note that from Cat Ba to Ninh Binh is remarkably cheaper (200.000 VND, €9), but chances are small that you will get it for the same price when traveling from Ninh Binh to CatBa.
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